The 2014 Oscars shall be a snoozefest. While critically acclaimed and well filmed, acted, and directed, these were not big at the box office. Until American Sniper came along, a majority of people hadn’t even seen these performances. Sniper would win if it was based on box office dollars. However, that’s not how the system works – there’s popularity, there’s advertising dollars, there’s all sorts of shenanigans we don’t know about. But Sunday, February 22nd shall be Hollywood’s big night. If nothing else, tune in for the opening introduction by host Neil Patrick Harris – that man is a winner.
Let’s take a quick peek at the big categories – we’ll start with the first award usually given out to get the ball rolling
Best Supporting Actress –
Front runner – Patricia Arquette/ Boyhood – over a twelve year span she played the role of the mother. Heartrendingly true performance. This is my pick
Laura Dern/ Wild – excellent job as we see her in flashback from Cheryl Strayed’s view
Keira Knightley / Imitation Game – she hung tough as the smartest woman in the room. Helped Alan Turing solve Enigma. I liked her a lot
Emma Stone/ Birdman – didn’t see this movie. But you can always count on Emma.
Meryl Streep/ Into the Woods – nope. She was fine, but I would not have nominated her. So-So singer in a musical
Best Supporting Actor –
J.K. Simmons/Whiplash – he’s the frontrunner as a tough music teacher
Mark Ruffalo/ Foxcatcher –he plays Mark Schultz – it did not end well on the DuPont estate
Ethan Hawke/Boyhood – he’s the fairweather father and gives a soulful performance
Edward Norton/Birdman – didn’t see him, but generally darn good
Robert Duvall/ The Judge – didn’t see him, but he IS Robert Duvall
check in tomorrow for Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture